MeetPositives.com CEO Jack Lombardi has stated that hookup apps are a major contributor to the spread of HSV-2 genital herpes and they have released a blog post on the site that describes the symptoms and signs of herpes as a way to help people know if they could be infected. Hookup apps are dating sites and some of the people who use them may be interested in casual sex. While some may have no intention of engaging in sex with someone they meet online and may only be interested in dating, there is still a possibility that they may be motivated into having sex with the person they are meeting for the first time. Unfortunately, casual sex, particularly when done without protection, could result into one of the sex partners getting a sexually transmitted disease from the other partner.
Jack Lombardi says, “In most cases, people with herpes do not show any symptoms and thus will not know if they are infected unless tested. When symptoms appear, they are mostly mouth sores and genital sores. It is common for people to get infected with herpes and not know it. This is largely because of the lack of symptoms. There are many people who have confused the symptoms with the flu, ingrown hair, and pimples. Symptoms of herpes will come and go, however, that does not mean that the infection is gone. It is still possible to spread the herpes virus even in the absence of symptoms.”
The most common signs and symptoms of genital herpes include painful blisters located on the inner thigh, penis, butt, vulva, anus, and cervix. People may also experience a burning sensation when urinating, difficulty in urinating due to a swollen urethra, pain near the genitals, and itching.
If the herpes infection is due to herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), those infected may also experience flu-like symptoms, including fever, body aches and fatigue, chills, headache, and swollen glands in the throat, under the arm, and in the pelvis area. The blisters and other symptoms appear within two to 20 days after initial infection and this is known as an outbreak or the first episode. For some people, it may take years before the first episode occurs. This will usually last between two to four weeks, after which the symptoms will disappear but the virus will still be present in the body and cause occasional outbreaks.
In some instances, the symptoms may be preceded by an itching, tingly feeling, and burning sensation around the genitals. While the herpes outbreaks can be painful and annoying, it is the first episode that is the most intense. The succeeding outbreaks will be less frequent and less painful. Some will even stop having the outbreaks after some time. However, those who have other illnesses such as leukemia or HIV, may suffer from longer and more intense symptoms. It should also be noted that there are some differences between the symptoms of genital herpes for men and women.
There are also oral symptoms of herpes but these are less painful in comparison to genital herpes and will rarely make the individual feel sick. These symptoms usually manifest as sores or blisters around the mouth and lips and are known as cold sores or fever blisters. Cold sores may manifest again after days, weeks, months, or years. They are painful but harmless to kids and adults. However, they can be dangerous to infants.
Meanwhile, the Meet Positives website was built for people who were diagnosed with herpes or any other STD. The main goal to is help positive singles feel normal again in a relationship. People register to become members of the community because they are interested in finding someone with whom they can date and possibly develop a relationship with. Meet Positives employs a matching algorithm that matches people with the same condition, by their location and by their preferences that they have indicated when they registered.
People who are interested in knowing more about herpes symptoms may want to check out the article on the Meet Positives website, or contact them through the telephone or via email.
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